Don't drink bottled water. It's not the great, pure, healthy drink that the bottling companies would have you believe.
Even Bottled Water Needs to be Filtered
In addition to common water contaminants, bottled water contains "Nano-plastics" (microscopic particles from plastic), which are far more dangerous to the body than most people are aware. Nano-plastics cause inflammation, oxidative stress and other health conditions which underlie diseases. Also, the EWG, Environmental Working Group, recently found all kinds of contaminants, such as human wastes, bacteria and pharmaceuticals in several brands of bottled water.
The pH of bottled water is another concern. Ozone (which is super-acidic) is added to bottled water at the bottling company, making bottled water more acidic than its source water counterpart.
The minimal filtration I recommend for bottled water is to use an Alkaline PH Pitcher (portable water filter). This will remove chemicals, chlorine, plastic Nano-particles and will raise the pH to about 9.5.
Most Bottled Water Has an Unhealthy PH
Our bodies need pH balance to be healthy. If you eat or drink an average American diet (which is highly acidic), then chances are you need more alkalinity from your water.
The healthiest water to drink is alkaline water, well-filtered, and filter it yourself rather than buy it bottled.
The PH of Bottled Water Brands
I've done many tests on bottled water, and this video shows one of them with 20 brands of bottled water, tested for pH. For more data about these and other brands of bottled water, see the BOTTLED WATER DATA CHART further down on this page.
Testing the pH of 20 brands of bottled water.
Tap water of course also needs to be filtered, because it has chlorine and other contaminants in it. (The PH Pitcher will work well on that too.) Chlorine kills bacteria and algae as the water travels to your tap, but in the body it acts as a free-radical and it is good to filter it out. The byproducts of chlorine, which are even more harmful, are also filtered out by the pitcher.
A lot of people buy bottled water because they think the bottling companies are removing fluoride. In most cases this doesn't even happen.
Fluoride is not the healthy, awesome, teeth-saving element many big companies and bureaus would have us believe. It's a potentially toxic mineral when consumed in anything more than just trace amounts. Fluoride is so tiny it can penetrate the blood/brain barrier and get into the brain and nervous system, where it does the most harm. Fluoride has dangers that are similar to lead. Because of this I take fluoride filtration very seriously. To remove Fluoride you need to let it slowly seep through a carbon filter or use a special Fluoride filter.
Here's my testing on brands of bottled water containing Fluoride.
Fluoride Testing of 21 Brands of Bottled Water vs Ionized Water
Fluoride testing of many popular bottled water brands
Do Bottling Companies Filter the Water Better than Your Municipal Water Company?
Water bottling companies don't even filter the water as well as municipalities, because of the steep regulations on municipal water vs practically no regulations on bottling companies.
BOTTLED WATER DATA CHART
I put the brands visually on this pH-chart to show their tested pH-levels from lowest (most acidic) to highest. Then the chart below that shows the brands of bottled water in alphabetical order. I also included testing I've done of tap water from several locations.
Brands Tested and Shown Above: Absopure, Amway Perfect Water, Aquafina, Aqua Hydrate, Arrowhead, Super Chill, Chippewa, Core, Crystal Geyser, Culligan, Dasani, Deer Park, Evian, Essentia, Eternal, Evamore, Fiji, Function, Gerber Pure, Great Value, Hilton Head Tap, Ice Canyon, Ice Mountain, Icelandic, Ionized Water, Lassens, Life Water, Los Angeles Tap, New York City Tap, Northern Chill, Penta, Perrier, PH Pitcher, Poland Spring, Propel, Gerber Pure, Nestle Pure Life, Real Water, Smartwater, Soda (canned), Spring Water by Walmart, St. Louis Tap, Vitaminwater, Volvic, Voss, Zephyrhills.
Environmentally, Here's More Frightful Truth About Bottled Water
Think about it. We're making bottles that only get used once. We ship hundreds and thousands of square miles worth of plastic wastes around the world (to 3rd world countries) because our landfills cannot contain them all.
We need to wake up and become responsible for our planet.
Clear, Pliable Plastics Present Serious Dangers to Us and Our World
BPA is not the only chemical of concern in bottles. There are many potentially disease-causing agents in the make-up of plastic bottles.
Water, the universal solvent, has the ability to leach all kinds of chemicals into itself. So, bottles coming in contact with water will cause leaching of the harmful chemicals, that make up the bottles, into the water.
Do Popular Brands of Bottled Water Taste Better?
Bottled Water Companies spend millions of dollars to make you believe that bottled water tastes better than tap, but this if just a huge PSYOP done on us all for as long as these companies thought up the idea to sell us water in bottles. The real truth is that when put to the test the expensive bottled waters don't even taste as good as simple tap water.
ABC's Bottled Water vs Tap
Extreme Filtration, Like RO and Distilled, Are Unhealthy
Extreme filtration removes healthy electrolytes from the water. We need these electrolytes for our cells to function properly, and they are often hard to come by. It's far better to consume the electrolytes naturally dissolved in water than to add them in later on with man-made formulas.
Trace Minerals: There are many trace minerals found in water that are removed with extreme filtration. Without enough minerals, as water passes through the body's tissues and joints it absorbs minerals from them like a vacuum or sponge. Your bones, joints and muscles need the dissolved minerals from the water, and they certainly do not need to lose their minerals to the water passing through. It's a process we all learned in high school, called diffusion. in order to fill the void created by stripping the water of its minerals it will act as a vacuum cleaner for minerals in your body. This probably won't do much if you consume just a little bottled water, but if you drink a lot of extremely purified water it will rob your body of significant amounts of its healthy, essential minerals that it needs
Dental Health: In a recent research study, most of the bottled water tested by the Dental Hygienists' Association had an even more acidic pH when tested in the lab than the value listed in the bottling companies' water quality reports. Dental health relies on a balanced pH diet. It is well known to hygienists that dental erosion and tooth decay is often caused by over consumption of acidic foods and beverages.
Hard Water - Good or Bad?
Hard water isn't bad for you. It contains lots of dissolved calcium and other minerals. In fact people who live in hard water areas are less likely to get heart disease. Hard water has a positive influence on cardio-vascular health, liver health and general body health. Here are a couple of reports about it:
BEST WAYS TO FILTER WATER
A slow-flow through activated carbon filters will remove a fair amount of most contaminants, even Fluoride. Some filters are even tested and rated for 99.99% removal of these contaminants (see #1, below).
WATER IONIZERS: For Those Who Want the BEST
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Comparing The Cost of Water Filters vs Bottled Water
This chart shows the cost of water ionizers or the PH Pitcher, over time. are far cheaper than bottled water.